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McKenzie: Wings’ follow-on rink will be able to accommodate 90-foot-wide ice surface

I don't like to double-post things that Paul's already addressed as a rule, but this is particularly intriguing from a Red Wings perspective:

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that Calgary Flames president Brian Burke wants to expand NHL rink surfaces from their current 200'x85' dimensions to 200'x90,' and McKenzie reveals that the Red Wings will build their follow-on rink with that capability:

"Brian and I are big proponents of the 90-foot-wide ice surface," said Jimmy Devellano, the longtime Red Wing senior vice-president. "I really believe it will help the NHL game with more flow, less congestion and maybe even a few less injuries.

"In Detroit, when we get our new rink, we'll have the capability to go to 90 feet,' Devellano added.

The Flames, of course, are trying to get a new building in Calgary - that's another story for another day - but should it ever happen, Burke said it will have 90-foot-wide potential.

Detroit and Calgary, it's a start.

"‎People like (Detroit GM) Kenny Holland more than they like me," Burke said, laughing. "If Kenny and the Wings are in favour of this, maybe others will be too, as more new arenas get built."

McKenzie continues...

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Bradley97's avatar

200’ x 90’ would be nice, as an average.

How about allowing teams to build new arenas with ice anywhere between 85’ and 95’?

Whatever the home team wants, between those two numbers. No more standard NHL ice width. Bring back real home ice advantage!

Posted by Bradley97 on 01/20/16 at 03:53 PM ET

PierreC's avatar

This would not be a permanent set-up so no risk there as they can go back to regular 200X85 anytime.

I’d have to see that before i put my “fan” vote ! ...but it’s intriguing indeed.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 01/20/16 at 04:04 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

How about allowing teams to build new arenas with ice anywhere between 85’ and 95’?

Interesting…similar to how every MLB stadium is different.  I like it!

Posted by TreKronor on 01/20/16 at 04:39 PM ET

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